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Emgee78 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016
Haha, the wee ones from The Five Jars.
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
That's the ones :)
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Amarok59 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
You certainly have James, Wells, Conan Doyle down pat.  Are you familiar with Manly Wade Wellman?  He wrote many short fantasy/horror stories, mostly set in the Appalachian Mountains of North America.  He also came up with an amazing number of weird monsters/creatures/demons.  Like Kalu, from "Nine Yards of Other Cloth":  "Bones, yes -- something like man-bones, but bigger and thicker, also something like bear-bones, or big ape-bones from a foreign land . . . Inside the ribs were caged puffy things, like guts and lungs and maybe a heart that skipped and wiggled.  The skull had a snout like I can't say what, and in its eye-holes burned blue-green fire."
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yes, I'm very familliar with the Appalachian tales of Manly Wade Wellman. I've read almost all of his Silver John stories. I should probably tackle one or two of those!
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Amarok59 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
A great portrait of a staid Edwardian gentleman!  Those red designs in the carpet look suspiciously like magical sigils to me.  And I recall the owl being rather rude and ungrateful to the Narrator who was trying to help it.

I always thought of James as being a subtle writer who just hinted things, but he does give enough description to give you an idea of what's lurking in the darkness.  I've read plenty of stories that were TOO subtle -- I got the idea something bad happened . . . but I had no idea what.
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks!
Yep, that owl was quite a coarse fellow.
Some of James's tales are almost too subtle, and presents a mystery that never gets cleared up (or so it seems). I guess that some of his work demands a few repeated readings to pick up on all hints and things.
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JosefVonDoom Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great !!
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Edited Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Here goes: "Five Jars" children, "Number 13" room, "Casting the Runes" mouth, "Canon Alberic" demon (and scrap-book), "Lost Hearts" children, "Whistle" ghost, "Magnus" familiar, "Ash Tree" and spiders, "Poynter" library, and "After Dark in the Playing Fields" owl. Am I [pant] correct?
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Perfectly correct! :D
I haven't actually given any though to the location, but I'll take your suggestions.
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha! I assumed as much, but still.

And, by the way - if you do have time, please give a shot at "Number 13"! That's given me a sleepless night in combination with "Rats"...
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Good old Monty!!! :aww:
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Nice portrait of the master, surrounded by a few of his creations. Good job on arranging everything in there, showing the creatures' salient descriptive features in the picture.
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Bioteknos Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
I actually love the works of the master James! :love:

You caught completely the atmosphere of his best short tales :)

I don't know why I guess He is in the room of Number 13 :meow:
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TrippleSixing Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Sickk.
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I'm taking that as a compliment :D
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TrippleSixing Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ofc.
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JoeRB Featured By Owner Edited Dec 26, 2014
An excellent tribute to the one true master of ghost stories. You often see pictures like this dedicated to H.P. Lovecraft or Robert E. Howard, but this is the first time I've seen one dedicated to M.R. James. 

I love the addition of the little fairy folk, too! 

Ah! And it took me a while to realize that old "whistle-me-up" wind bag is in the background! That gave me a bit of a start. Heheheh.
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thank you! I am guilty of making at least one Lovecraft tribute portrait myself :)
The little people are from "The Five Jars", which seems to be a bit forgotten nowadays.
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JoeRB Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
Ah. I assumed they were your interpretation of the mischievous invisible beings from "After Dark in the Playing Fields." I just recently ordered "The Five Jars" online! I can't wait to read it. Sounds like a very interesting type of story for James to write.
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
The owl in the (ash) tree is from "After Dark in the Playing Fields." :)
There's a pretty good free audiobook version of "The Five Jars" at librivox.org. Though it's a children's story, you still have the appearence of typically creepy vague-ish Jamesian creatures.
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